The 2021 NFL Draft came and went and quarterback Deshaun Watson predictably remained a member of the Houston Texans. We say predictably because of the mounting civil lawsuits against him.
The 25-year-old QB wants out of Houston, but there are just way too many sexual misconduct allegations by dozens of massage therapists against him for teams to simply ignore.
That said, NBC Sports’ Peter King thinks eventually Watson could be destined for the Philadelphia Eagles or Carolina Panthers.
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“I just think by a year from today he’ll have a new home. This is a gut feeling. It’s impossible to predict the future with so many legal issues involved. And depending on the outcome of the cases, several teams might not want to even think about Watson, and rightfully so. If he’s free to play football unencumbered by legal issues in 2022, here are my odds on Watson’s next football team, with a tie at the top:
3-1: Philadelphia. A likely need, plus Eagles are in perfect position to deal with three first-round picks (if Carson Wentz plays three-quarters of the Indy season).
3-1: Carolina. Owner David Tepper would find the resources to do a deal.”
Before news of the lawsuits, there were murmurs that Watson would rather sit out 2021 than play for the Texans again, but now that the NFL is investigating claims against him, he could very well miss several games if not the entire 2021 season.
Here’s the remainder of the list:
5-1. Washington. The major need is there. Is the will to make a deal there?
6-1: Denver. In a high-stakes QB division, Broncos are a distant fourth at the position.
8-1: Houston. Can’t see him staying.
9-1: New Orleans. Can Mickey Loomis fit Watson in the Saints’ tight salary structure?
10-1: Miami. Probably too early for QB-shopping, unless Tua totally bombs out this year.
20-1: Minnesota. Cousins for Watson?
25-1: Pittsburgh. Not their style, really. But I bet Watson would love to play for Mike Tomlin.
35-1: The field. Something’s going to happen this year, somewhere, that could make a team hungry for a passer.
On the field of play, Watson is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards in 2020